Education and Business Assistance

 

These programs help increase the income and economic self-sufficiency of households by helping them acquire new skills and start businesses.

Skills Enhancement Program


Increases family earned income and benefits by assisting with the training needs of low-income workers. Provides support and financial assistance for tuition, child care, and transportation expenses related to returning to school.

 

Service Area: Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe, and Vernon counties
Eligibility: Requirements include:

- Participants must be working at least 20 hours per week.

- You must be 18 years of age or older.

- Income must be at or below 80% County Median Income if you are currently attending or wish to attend school in La Crosse County or if you are a resident of La Crosse County.
-Income must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty income guidelines if you are attending or wish to attend a school outside of La Crosse County and if you are not a resident of La Crosse County.

To apply, please complete the following form:

Skills Enhancement Program Application

 

Other Details: Initial screening can be done over the phone or you may schedule an interview. If you appear to meet the criteria listed above after filling out your application you will need to provide proof of employment and household income. Enrollment of qualified participants will be based on first-come, first-served. There are a limited number of funds available for this program, so completing an application does not mean automatic enrollment. If all Skills Enhancement slots are full, you may be put on a waiting list.

 

Participant Documents:

-Mileage Reimbursement Form

-Childcare Reimbursement Form

 

Questions:
Contact Aaron Reimler, 608-782-5525



Job and Business Development

 

The Job and Business Development (JBD) program helps aspiring business owners turn their business idea into a reality. We can help with; developing a strong business model, writing a business plan, learning necessary business skills, and more.

 

Service Area: Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe, and Vernon counties
Eligibility: Requirements include:
- You must be 18 years of age or older.

- Income must be at or below 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines or receiving food share.

  • *If you're receiving Food Share please enroll in FSET (Food Share Employment and Training) with your Income Maintenance Agency.

 

To apply, please complete the following forms:
JBD Program Application

 

Other Details: If you are receiving Food Share you will be required to meet with the FSET coordinator to complete an Employability Plan, which states that you want to pursue self-employment.

 

If you are eligible for Food Share but currently not receiving benefits you will have to complete the Food Share application before applying for our program. Contact your County Human Services Department to see if you are eligible for benefits.

The Job and Business Development Program is no longer providing grant funding for participants.

 

Questions:
Contact Aaron Reimler, 608-782-5525

The Gig

Affordable co-working space for entrepreneurs of any income. Desks and offices available for rent. Find out more at www.couleeco.com.

 

Questions:

Contact Aaron Reimler, 608-782-5525

 

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